Bella

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Published: July 20, 2011

I've been adopted!

Gender: Female

Age: 1-2 years

12 August 2012:  Bella is sweet and shy on the outside, but there’s actually a pretty spunky lady hiding inside. She stayed with us the past two weeks while her full-time foster family was on vacation, and as her foster mom told me, she is shy with people, loves other dogs, and is quite an enthusiastic eater. We’ve also discovered that Bella loves dog beds, going on walks, exploring the yard, Nylabones, and rearranging our dogs’ basket of toys (she will also steal flip-flops). She is not fond of vacuums, lawn movers, or construction noise (really, what dog is?), but she is strangely intrigued by loud vehicles, such as motorcycles and pick-up trucks (between this interest and her shyness, a retractable leash is not recommended for Bella!). Bella is house- and crate-trained, and she has done well sleeping in her crate at the foot of our bed with the door open.

Initially, we used a short leash to guide her around the house (upstairs to her bed/crate, to the back door, etc.), but she very quickly learned to follow the lead of the resident mutts (15, 30, and 60 pounds) and progressively got closer and closer to the rug that is our waiting place both for mealtime and twice-daily walks. Walks have proven to be a great way to bond with her - after about a week of darting back and forth from the rug, she now lies on the rug and lets me put the leash on, and she and her beagle nose excitedly lead us around the neighborhood. She ignored the resident cats for about a week, at which point she started periodically sniffing them and then whining at them when they wouldn’t play with her. She now gets so excited at mealtime that we had to start firmly telling her “no” because she will bark when we are too slow with the food. In the last couple of days, she has really shown that she wants to be friends with people, running up and giving us quick kisses on our hands and legs and accepting gentle chin and ear rubs. We have really enjoyed having her stay with us and think she would do well in a home with one or more dogs willing to show her the ropes and a family that can be patient with her as she gains her confidence and work on her leash skills and other manners as her spunky side comes through.

Bella is a 1-2 year old spayed female beagle mix.  She hasn't had the greatest start in life so she's a little on the timid side.  Her tail wags and she will approach you but needs a little more confidence building.  She gets along great with other dogs but was stray in Amelia Co. so her history is unknown.

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10 Responses

  1. Deb Szymanik

    What a great new write up on Bella. She sounds absolutely wonderful and so very smart! She is well on her way to finding her forever home now.

  2. Kathy Berryman

    My family and I seen Bella on the pet finder website and just fell in love with her. My children think she would be prefect for our home. If you can let me know exactly what I have to do I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Laura w/ BREW

      Kathy, we’re thrilled that you like Bella! To get the process started, please submit an adoption application on our website. Once we receive it, we will have a BREW representative get in touch with you to set up a phone interview.

      Thanks and let me know how else I can assist.

  3. Jo Brown

    Oh, Bella looks like such a sweetie! Great pictures and a nice write-up, too. Hope she finds a loving, tender forever home soon!!

  4. Leslie Hein

    I am so looking for a small viable male for my 10 inch tall little girl but if I can’t find one then a small buddy would be great. She gets lonely when i am at school, or working. I love my Beagle.

  5. Alcida mejia

    Ahh so ,many perfect dogs .HELP!to cute to many which one is right for me

    • Missy

      Alcida, please submit an application and we can help you pick the right dog for your family.

      • Teresa

        Is Bella in a foster home? I’ve adopted from BREW in the past so would it simply be a home and vet check? Is Bella expected to be at an upcoming event? Is she in the DC metro area? She’s very pretty! Love the last picture of her “smile”!

        • Laura w/ BREW

          Teresa, I will send you Bella’s foster info. And we’ll just need to do a vet check.

          • Teresa

            Great…thank you!

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